Nth Degree Poem: Ruth


Childless young widow
Ruth the Moabitess, Orpah’s sister,
left Moab, left her sister,
pledged allegiance to
mother-in-law Naomi’s
homeland and to You
the unseen divinity
Naomi worshiped.

Outsider, foreigner Ruth,
devoted, bread-winning daughter-in-law
was soon known to all in the village
as a woman of noble character.

You loved her through Boaz
who said I will do for you all you ask.
Boaz became Ruth’s provider,
protector, and husband,
Naomi’s and Ruth’s kinsman redeemer,
the family guardian.

Ruth, a woman of noble character,
became the mother of Obed,
grandmother of Jesse,
great-grandmother of King David,
ancestor of Jesus the Messiah,
Prince of Peace, kinsman redeemer
whose noble line extends to
all nations and families.

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